Heidi Smoot, MFT-I
Education: I completed my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chaminade Universtiy.
Experience: For over 12 years, I worked as a wedding and event coordinator, helping couples achieve their goals and work through the stressors of planning. While I loved the excitement and joy of these events, I realized that my true passion was helping people on a deeper level which led me to pursue a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in Marriage and Family. My direct experience includes two and a half years of study through Chaminade University’s Master’s program. Previously, I was an intern therapist at Pono Roots
and in that experience I worked with clients of various backgrounds and ages, from mid-adolescents to seniors, on a wide range of issues including physical abuse, sexual abuse, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, infidelity, communication issues, career development, self-care, self-esteem, marital conflict, marital dissatisfaction, OCD, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, mania, postpartum depression, and more.
Indirectly, my previous professional and personal life experience growing up in Hawaii are a foundation from where I can call on to bring perspective and guidance to my clients.
Beliefs: I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, and I strive to create a safe and supportive space for my clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. It's an honor to be a part of my clients' journeys, and I'm committed to helping them achieve positive and meaningful change in their lives. Having been born and raised in Hawaii, I'm passionate about working with couples and individuals of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. I'm dedicated to helping my clients achieve their goals and improve their mental health and well-being.
Approach: My overall approach to therapy is holistic, collaborative, and client centered. It is rooted in the belief that our mental health and well-being are interconnected with our relationships and the world around us. I draw on a range of modalities to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets the client's unique needs and goals - helping them build stronger relationships, increase self-awareness and self-compassion, and improve their overall well-being. I may draw from established techniques such as a Family Systems Therapy approach and incorporate Attachment Theory, the Gottman Method, Internal Family Systems (IFS), or Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to name a few.
Clients: Mid-adolescent to kupuna.
Fees: Sliding scale. At this time, I do not accept insurance.
· College/Graduate Issues
· Discernment Counseling
· Grief, Loss, or Bereavement
· Life Transitions
· Pre-marital counseling
· Relationship Difficulties
· Stress Management
· Self-Esteem Difficulties
· Stress Management
· Sexual Abuse
· Women’s Issues